Chargers Can’t Go Back to Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor unexpectedly missed Week 2 due to a bizarre, last-minute injury.  Despite rookie Justin Herbert’s impressive first two starts, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn is adamant Taylor is still the starter. No one believed Lynn then — and they sure won’t now.

Today, against the Bucs, Herbert is going toe-to-toe with Tom Brady. Versus Tampa Bay’s next-level speed on defense, Herbert is in total command.

He’s moving the ball up-and-down the field. He’s athletic in-and-out of the pocket. Most importantly, he’s throwing long, game-changing touchdowns.

With seconds to go in the third, the Chargers had blown a double-digit lead and lost all momentum. The game was slipping away from Los Angeles. Then Herbert made it happen, and took the lead:

Through three quarters, Herbert has 278 passing years. Once he hits 300, he’ll be the first QB in NFL history to throw for 300+ in his first three starts. (Final: somehow he ended up with only 290.)

Win or lose, Herbert hasn’t taken a backseat in matchups against Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady.

Taylor is an average QB; he always has been. Herbert, through three games, is already more than that.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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